File - Prime Minister Tammam Salam. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam is still undecided on whether to call the Cabinet to meet as efforts to make MP Michel Aoun soften his unyielding stance on the issue of security and military appointments have failed, heralding an open-ended government crisis.Salam met with Speaker Nabih Berri Saturday in his latest consultations with the country's rival politicians to end a widening rift over the appointment of senior military and security officers, a contentious issue which cast the Cabinet into paralysis on June 4, prompting the premier to suspend its sessions. According to Berri, Salam is mulling calling for a Cabinet session either this week or next week and suggested holding three sessions: one to discuss military appointments, one to pursue deliberations on the state budget and a third one to discuss the Cabinet's regular agenda.The FPM's ministers will attend any Cabinet session called by Salam, but will insist that security appointments are the first item on the agenda, the sources said. They added that no contacts had been made with Aoun either by Salam or any other party over the Cabinet crisis. The sources urged Salam to stop taking the March 8 parties' stances into account and to call for a Cabinet session with whoever attends, saying that the sectarian representation in the Cabinet as stipulated by the National Pact and legality of sessions are secured.
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